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Congolese nun receives high U.N. honor

A Roman Catholic nun, who rides a bicycle deep into the bush in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help female victims of war, is to receive a top U.N. award for her courageous work. Sister Angelique Namaika is familiar, pedaling down dirt roads to visit the women and to run a center she first called Maman Bongissa in the village of Dungu. The center trains displaced women and girl ...

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South Africans win ruling against steel polluter

A major steel producer has been ordered to turn over documents about the environmental impact of its two South African facilities, which activists say poisoned the air and water as well as left a trail of hazardous waste. Activists allege water from ten unlined waste ponds seeped into the groundwater and polluted their wells. As a result their crops failed, animals died, and no one would buy their land. ...

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Villagers in polluted zones call oil company’s compensation offer ‘cruel’

An oil company’s offer to compensate some 13,000 fishermen — who lost their livelihoods when an oil pipeline burst and caused fishing water to be fouled for years — was unanimously rejected as “an insult” and “cruel.” The Bodo community of the Niger Delta of Nigeria declined the offer from the Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell of 7.5 billion Nigerian naira, or just under $48 million — about $1,750 for e ...

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Detroit to be in ‘perpetual debt’

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr does not plan to investigate possible fraud, is unaware of a major revenue source for the city and will implement a plan that will put the city on a track to perpetual debt, according to Attorney Jerry Goldberg, Moratorium Now activist. “The city is trying to do a forbearance deal,” Goldberg said in an interview. Moratorium Now is trying to stop Orr’s move to pay off mega banks U ...

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Council meeting gets heated

In the Sept. 24 council session, Asst. Corporation Counsel Lewis Smith stormed out of the meeting after being questioned by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. Prior to his reaction, the council inquired about a written response from the law department regarding Watson’s request for representation in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. ...

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